Blogging Assignment

Blog Posts/Ethics Journal

Each student in the class is required to have a class-specific Word Press blog (if you already have a WordPress blog you will create a new one for the course). You are also required to follow and comment on at least one of your classmates’ posts each week. For each assigned blog post you must post an ethics analysis of a current news item (appearing in your source within the past week). Your post must include a link to the original source of the new item (your newspaper of choice). Below the link give a brief summary of the situation. Then provide an extended analysis of the situation using concepts learned in class. Each post should consist of approximately 40% summary and 60% ethical analysis. While we are building and refining our ethical knowledge you may choose to focus on common ethical concepts such as rights (e.g., workers’ rights, patients’ rights, consumers’ rights), duties (e.g., a business’ duties to its shareholders/stakeholders, a physician’s duties to her patients, a journalist’s duties to tell the truth or not disclose confidential sources), obligations, virtues (e.g., honesty, charity, etc.), vices (e.g., greed, dishonesty, etc.), justice/fairness (e.g., discrimination, social injustice, disproportionate retributive justice, etc.). In your blog post explain how the concept(s) apply to the situation and how a better knowledge of these concepts could have improved the situation.


Additional guidelines:

  • Each post is due by 10AM on the day it is due.
  • No late blog posts will be accepted.
  • Begin the title of each post with the BP#
  • Your speech topic and speech recording are posts additional to your running blog posts. Title these posts “Speech Topic” and “Speech Recording” respectively.
  • Your posts should refer to at least one recent reading from the textbook.
  • You are not permitted to blog on a topic/ news story someone else has already posted to Word Press unless your ethical analysis is significantly different (focuses on different issues or disagrees about the issues) from the existing post
  • Your blog posts must be 250-300 words in length.
  • Your blogs are a very important because they will also inform your individual speeches and group project.
  • Try to focus on new items in your intended career path. Many newspapers will have sections dedicated to health news, public policy, technology, business, etc. A good resource for your blog posts will be the Opinion pages of the newspaper.

REVISED BP #3: The NHL’s Problem With Science

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“In the 1950’s, tobacco companies responded to research proving a link between smoking and lung cancer by trying to discredit the science. They formed their own research group to poke holes in the data and to stave off public panic that cigarette smoking could cause serious diseases and death. More than 60 years later, the NHL has responded to a class-action lawsuit regarding head injuries with a similar approach.”

With scientists proving that concussions are directly correlated with the clinical symptoms of C.T.E., it is hard for the NHL to disprove any facts. The NFL – a very familiar opponent of concussion debates – has even recognized the link and has (somewhat) taken action to improve based on these scientific facts.

The State of Nature (Law of Nature) indicates that a rational rule forbids man to do anything destructive to his own life or means of preserving it – a thought experiment – which show responsibilities between differences such as right or wrong. The NHL’s problem with science is a responsibility of right and wrong, and the NHL is in the wrong because of their ignorant and oblivious actions to reject the scientific evidence that has been available for the last few years.

Furthermore, the NHL’s position on C.T.E.’s also contrasts to Mill’s Utilitarianism. Utilitarianism is defined as an ethical theory that states that the best action is the one that maximizes utility. “Utility” is defined in various ways, usually in terms of the well-being of sentient entities, such as human beings and other animals. The well-being of the players in the NHL are in the hands of NHL executives. More specifically Gary Bettman, the league commissioner. With this law suit directly correlating the long-term effects of concussions being dismissed by the individual who runs the entire league, it means minimizing the utility of the players that it directly effects.

Utilitarianism is a version of consequentialism, which states that the consequences of any action are the only standard of right and wrong. Unlike other forms of consequentialism, such as egoism, utilitarianism considers all interests equally. This attribution of utilitarianism and the explicit wrong of this situation in terms of the NHL’s stance on staying away from pursuing better C.T.E. protocol at the expense of money rather than the well-being of their players is shocking.



Fall 2016 Final Projects

  1. Robot Ethics

  1. Marijuana Legalization

  1. Sports Governance Organizations

  1. Assisted Suicide

  1. Business Corruption

  1. Hyper-segregation

  1. Artificial Intelligence

  1. Business Management & Culture

  1. Syrian Refugee Crisis

  1. Pharmaceutical Pricing

  1. Energy & Environment

  1. Ethics of Data Mining

  1. Autonomous Machines

  1. Business Ethics

  1. Business Ethics- Advertisement

  1. Civil Rights- Death Penalty

  1. Civil Rights- Policing

Fall 2015 Projects

Syrian Refugee Crisis


Corporate Social Responsibility


Workers’ Rights


Corporate Philanthropy


Maternity Leave


Corporate Duty of Veracity




Advertising Ethics


Ethics of Social Media Policies


Ethics of Policing Technology


Responsibilities of Coaches and Trainers


Immigration Crisis


Should College Athletes be Paid?


Winter 2017 Projects

Workplace Discrimination